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Santiago Testa



Washington DC Office

4315 50th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20016 Directions
Phone: 202-552-5600

Having lived most of his life in Washington, DC, Santiago Testa has seen the metropolitan area evolve over the years. After graduating from American University, he honed his negotiation skills as the founder and partner of several companies in diverse markets including marketing, financial communications and international telecom. In 2004 Santiago started his real estate career. 

With over a decade of experience, Santiago is an accomplished and dedicated real estate professional whose enthusiasm for the business is a catalyst in creating agreement between buyers and sellers. By maintaining clear, honest and timely communications among all the parties, he is able to keep his clients' real estate transactions moving smoothly--and that’s how Santiago delivers on his top priority:  client satisfaction.

His team approach integrates his clients with the lender, inspector, settlement company and contractor that is best suited to each property, client and situation. Whether it’s a real estate sale, a purchase or a rental, in DC, Maryland or Virginia, Santiago’s expertise in driving contracts to settlement is an asset to both buyers and sellers. 

Licensed In

  • Virginia
  • Washington D.C.
  • Maryland


  • Spanish

" Santiago is a wonderful realtor and worked with us for buying a condo and selling one. He is a skilled negotiator, professional, and very accessible. He helped ease any concerns we had along having candid conversations when needed. As the listing agent for our condo, he was able to get it under contract in one day. We were able to get a signed contract on the purchase of our new condo within days of its listing. He treats you like family and will work hard for your business."

– Aaron

" Santiago was our agent for both buying a condo and selling another. He was very accessible, including weekends and evenings, and he regularly checked in just to see how we were. It could have been a stressful time for us, but Santiago put us at ease. We let him do his work and everything came together as expected. He was our listing agent for a condo in Mt. Vernon Triangle, and he got it under contract in one day! When looking to buy, he visited properties to report whether they would meet our criteria, which saved us a lot of time. His skill and wisdom in negotiating were also notable. We wholeheartedly recommend him."

– Theodore

" Santiago was recommended to us by friends and we were very pleased with our experience. He is very knowledgeable of the area and patiently helped us find our perfect place even while we debated renting vs buying. He was always available to us...and helped take the stress out of the process. We will certainly seek out his services again. "

– Emily

" Santiago is a hard worker and provides sound advice during each step of the sale. He kept me informed of all activities in a timely manner."

– Gene

" Santiago was very helpful and provided very good services to meet our needs and concerns. He was wise in coming up with strategies to deal with the buyer's agent."

– Alice

" Working with Santiago was a pleasure. His knowledge of the market combined with his professional expertise regarding the process gave me great a comfort and confidence."

– Mike

" Santiago is an outstanding realtor. He possesses an impressive knowledge of his market and he provides excellent service. He pays attention to the client's specifications and does not try to push a listing that does not serve the client's needs just to close a deal. In addition, he is a masterful negotiator and was able to negotiate a dream deal for me."

– Spyros

" It took only two weeks from the time we met Santiago until a contract was in the process of being completed. He is diligent, hard working, and responsive to a client's needs. Any future clients would benefit greatly from working with him. "

– Thomas

" Santiago and his team were everything you could possibly dream of in terms of realtors: responsive, knowledgeable, proactive and just genuinely nice and kind people. This was our first home purchase, and Santiago took the time to meet with us prior to looking at any properties to explain the entire process form start to finish. Santiago was respective of our specific parameters and requirements and gave very sound advice on the advantages, and sometimes disadvantages, on different neighborhoods we were considering. We ended up in our dream location, somewhere we never thought was even a possibility, due to Santiago and his team's outstanding responsiveness. We would absolutely recommend using Santiago to anyone looking for a DMV-based realtor."

– Lyndsi

" Santiago is an excellent realtor, and as a first-time homebuyer, I was hugely appreciative of his willingness to explain the process, his patience in making sure I understood it, and his readiness to fight for my needs. I've now moved in and cannot be happier with my first home in DC in a lovely and safe location. Santiago helped me find the perfect home that checked all the boxes! At all times I knew that Santiago had my back, and after a couple unsuccessful bids in this highly competitive market, he kept my spirits up and continued to look for and alert me to condo units that would suit my needs. He's exactly the kind of guy you'd want on your side in this market. He was highly responsive, organized, and true to his word: if he said he'd get something done, he did. I'd recommend Santiago to anyone."

– Suzanne

" Santiago is a wonderful realtor! He is extremely knowledgeable and has excellent work ethic. We had an extensive search criteria and Santiago helped us find the perfect house for our needs. Santiago is very patient and detailed oriented and great to work with. We really enjoyed our house search process with Santiago and will definitely be working with him again in the future. "

– Martha

" We have worked with several agents over the past decade and believe Santiago Testa to be one of the best realtors we have ever worked with. He is knowledgeable, patient and very insightful and takes time to understand what his buyers are looking for. Our search took more than 12 months and Santiago never pressured us once. His diligence in understanding our needs finally resulted in us finding the house of our dreams. I would absolutely work with Santiago again and will recommend him to our friends and family. Thank you Santiago!"

– Liz & Brian

" Santiago Testa is a seasoned professional who in my experience provides exceptional service well beyond that of other real estate agents. I have been very pleased with our working relationship and recommend him highly. I started working with Santiago about 9 months ago when I was trying to rent out a condo that I owned in Washington, DC by myself. I was having trouble renting it out because the unit had not been upgraded in several years. Santiago worked with me to identify a reliable contractor to remodel the unit at a reasonable cost. He also supervised the remodeling work. I was so pleased with the result that I decided to put the unit up for sale and Santiago found a qualified buyer in a relatively short time. The sale recently closed and I am now working with Santiago to potentially buy another investment condo in D.C. Santiago was extremely helpful with the closing process and even brought to my attention an IRS Section 1031 Exchange option. Santiago is extremely responsive, conscientious, diligent, knowledgeable and it is a pleasure to work with him. I agree with the other reviewers who state that there is no better real estate agent in the DC market."

– Herbert

" Santiago is an exception real estate sales professional. He sold my $1.2M home in Bethesda in 2009 within a very short time period, at an excellent price. I will hire Santiago again to list my home in Rockville for sale in 2015. He is highly responsive, always equipped with top notch research, and provides valuable insight to both sellers and buyers. He connects with buyers, is personable and a true "closer." Santiago is well versed in both urban infill and suburban submarkets. Santiago uses internet tools to the full advantage. There is no better real estate agent in the Washington market."

– Eileen

" We cannot recommend Santiago more highly. He was with us through every part of the home buying process, answered all of our questions very quickly, and had excellent insight in how to proceed in negotiations. He was excellent in understanding the idea of agency - he represented us zealously and thoroughly and always knew and respected our end goals. He is incredibly knowledgeable, dedicated, and truly cares about his clients. He's very personable and easy to work with, and we never had to worry about whether something was getting done - he's on top of everything. Definitely your best choice for a real estate agent."

– Kristin

" Seamless! From meeting with appraisers to executing the walk-through, Santiago delivered the results without any inconvenience to me. Most importantly, everything was handled efficiently and effectively FOR me so I didn't have to worry."

– Tanya

" I have dealt with many real estate agents and it goes without saying that Santiago is the best I've ever worked with. Not only is he knowledgeable and an expert in his field, he goes out of his way to listen and make sure that you're getting exactly what you're looking for - and not "sell you" to make his commission. He has a great eye for house-hunting and makes it a priority to understand the neighborhood you're considering - sales history, current market trends and future resale. Best of all, he is honest and hardworking and has a knack to offer reassurance and support when needed. I was delighted to find exactly the house I wanted with Santiago as my agent."

– Lauren

" It has been our pleasure to work with Santiago Testa to buy our Falls Church home. He has an incredible work ethic. He was very responsive to our needs, answered our questions, guided us in areas where we were not knowledgeable, and held our hands through the entire home buying process. Santiago’s attention to detail was reassuring. We highly recommend him without hesitation."

– Christine & Bob

" Santiago Testa represented us in the sale of a one-bedroom apartment. His advice as to cosmetic improvements and his marketing efforts were right on target. As a result, the apartment sold quickly and at a favorable price. Santiago kept us in the loop during the entire selling process and through closing. I would use him again without hesitation."

– Matt

" Santiago helped us in selling our previous home in Chevy Chase and in buying our current one in Bethesda. He is straightforward in his recommendations and he knows the market well. I continue to refer business to him. --Susan"

– Brian & Susan

" Santiago helped us find our first home, for which we are very grateful. As a result of the responsive and excellent service we received from Santiago in buying our condo in Dupont Circle, we have recommended him to family and friends. We continue to recommend him without hesitation whenever the topic of real estate arises. He displays the utmost professionalism. –Jordan & Ritu"

– Jordan & Ritu

" Santiago is personable and knowledgeable of the real estate market. He is trustworthy, very professional and an effective negotiator. He kept us informed throughout the process and made house hunting fun. We love our new home in Falls Church. --Taran & Rylan"

– Taran & Rylan

" The service and personal attention we received from Santiago Testa was exceptional. I would highly recommend Santiago. We could not have asked for a better Realtor to guide us through the process."

– Norman

" Santiago's knowledge of the local market, his key contacts in the community and his good advice made the sale of our home in Washington, DC a success when we decided to relocate in Switzerland. I would highly recommend Santiago. "

– Denise

" When we moved from downtown DC to Chevy Chase, Santiago helped us find the ideal house for our family. When we moved outside the DC metro area, we worked with him again to sell it. Santiago knows the market and is consistently professional and personable. --Colin "

– Colin Lennon

" As a first time home buyer we couldn’t have asked for someone better than Santiago. From our first meeting to the day we closed, we were always given straightforward and realistic advice. Santiago was actively involved in the negotiations and available throughout the closing process. Given his deep knowledge of real estate we would recommend him as anyone’s realtor in the future. Fabulous choice!"

– Ludovic

" As a recently retired realtor myself and “knowing the business”, I comfortably give great credit to Santiago: he monitored the market for us, kept us posted on new offerings, and alerted us immediately to the availability of the unit we settled on. We thus were able to see it and place an offer on it even before the first open house. That’s really good work, I know from experience. Santiago’s perseverance in finding us what we were looking for, his sagacious advice during the purchase process, and very importantly, his willing sacrifice of his personal time to accommodate us, are entirely to his credit. If you are looking for an exceptional real estate sales professional to represent your property, I can not recommend Santiago more highly. We have been so very impressed with him, and we will continue to use him "

– Ellen

" I enjoyed working with Santiago very much. As a picky buyer, Santiago was very patient and accommodating. He constantly provided me with market information, which I found very helpful in my decision-making. Furthermore, Santiago is detailed-oriented and organized that he sent out remainders to me for the important deadlines throughout the process. Most importantly, Santiago is caring and kind. I did not just find myself an agent, but I have gained a friend."

– Sylvia

" "Santiago procured tenants for our house in NW DC 20016. He did it professionally and in a very pleasant and efficient way. This was especially valuable for us as we currently live outside of the USA" "

– Kari

" An extremely kind and hard working man who helped me get my feet wet in the DC market, was very knowledgeable about the area, and went above and beyond to help me. "

– Carson